National Insecurity The Cost of American Militarism

ISBN-10: 0872865894
ISBN-13: 9780872865891
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 3/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Praise for Melvin A. Goodman'sThe Failure of Intelligence:"An important and eye-opening account for policy makers and concerned citizens alike."—Publishers Weekly, starred reviewUpon leaving the White House in 1961, President Eisenhower famously warned Americans about the dangers of a "military industrial complex," and was clearly worried about the destabilizing effects of a national economy based on outsized investments in military spending. Today in 2012, as more and more Americans fall into poverty and the global economy spirals downward, the United States is spending more on the military than ever before. What are the consequences and what can be done?Melvin Goodman, a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA, brings peerless authority to his argument that US military spending is indeed making Americans poorer and less secure while undermining our political standing in the world. Drawing from his firsthand experience with war planners and intelligence strategists, Goodman offers an insider's critique of the US military economy from President's Eisenhower's farewell warning to Barack Obama's expansion of the military's power. He outlines a much needed vision for how to alter our military policy, practices, and spending in order to better position the United States globally and enhance prosperity and security at home.Melvin A. Goodmanis a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. A former professor of international security at the National War College and an intelligence adviser to strategic disarmament talks in the 1970s, he is the author of several books, including the critically acclaimedThe Failure of Intelligence.

Melvin A. Goodman was a Soviet analyst at the CIA and the Department of State for 24 years, and a professor of international relations at the National War College for 18 years. He served in the U.S. Army in Athens, Greece for three years, and was intelligence adviser to the SALT delegation from 1971-1972. Currently, Goodman is the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, and adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. He has authored, co-authored, and edited seven books, including his new National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism (published by City Lights) Gorbachev's Retreat: The Third World ; The Wars of Eduard Shevardnadze ; The Phantom Defense: America's Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion ; Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk, and Failure of Intelligence : The Decline and Fall of the CIA . His articles and op-eds have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Harper's, Foreign Policy, Foreign Service Journal, The Baltimore Sun, and The Washington Post. He lives in Bethesda, MD.

Introduction: American Militarism, Costs and Consequences
President Eisenhower's Legacy
President George H.W. Bush's New World Order
Clinton's Problems with the Pentagon
Bush's Surrender to the Pentagon
President Obama's Deference to the Military
The Pentagon's Grip on the Intelligence Community
The Pentagon's Phantom Missile Defense
Defense Spending: Eisenhower's "Cross of Iron"
What Needs to Be Done
Endnotes
Index
About the Author

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